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These days were quiet. The enemy put a certain number of small shells into the trenches, and rather more on to points around Battalion Headquarters at Hannescamps, but no real damage was done nor were there any casualties. The enemy opened heavy fire daily; with rifle and machine-gun, at both morning and evening stand-to, and snipers were extremely active during the first part of this period.

Steps were taken to improve our wire, which was found to be thin at places. A patrol under 2nd Lt. E Howell reached the enemy wire and reported it to be extremely thick and with long barbs. They also reported that the German line must be very thinly held at night, anyhow in the fire-trenches, at this point, as no sound could be heard of any movement and no action was taken.

Enemy patrols however were observed and an elaborate German work, supposedly a pumping station, was located. B Battery, 125th Brigade, R.F.A, was informed and shelled it with shrapnel on the 20th (September). The result was to injure, but not destroy the work. The actual pump was however removed during the night 20th/21st.

During this same night our wires were cut, under orders from the 112th Brigade, an opening being made opposite the front of each platoon. This was effected without casualties.

At 16:15hrs Lieutenant H.P Williams, M.G.O, was wounded by shrapnel and was sent to the base. One other rank was also slightly wounded.

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